Murder! Murder! At Maine State, Jekyll & Hyde Stars Johnson, Bodnar, Fisher July 16-Aug. 2

News   Murder! Murder! At Maine State, Jekyll & Hyde Stars Johnson, Bodnar, Fisher July 16-Aug. 2 Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's Jekyll & Hyde gets a summer staging at Maine State Music Theatre July 16-Aug. 2, with Todd Alan Johnson in the title roles.

MSMT artistic director Charles Abbott directs the pop musical about a doctor's experiment that goes awry in Victorian London, creating a vicious, nocturnal personality in one normally gentle man.

The show started regionally and toured the country before playing Broadway in a staging that starred Robert Cuccioli, Rob Evan, Sebastian Bach, David Hasselhoff and others. Linda Eder and Christiane Noll were among the love interests.

The cast in Brunswick, ME, includes Glenn Anderson (as Proops/Jekyll's Dad), Amy Bodnar (Lucy), Robert Browning (Lord Savage & Poole), Michelle Bruckner (ensemble), Don Burroughs (Simon Stride), Kate Fisher (Emma Carew), Birdie Katz (ensemble), John-Charles Kelly (Sir Danvers Carew), Robert McCormick (John Utterson), Erich McMillan-McCall (Glossup/Cop), Joyce Presutti (ensemble), Ed Romanoff (Bishop/Policeman) and Melissa Rouse (ensemble).

The musical was adapted by librettist-lyricist Bricusse (Victor/Victoria) from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella about "a young doctor who embarks upon a quest to isolate the dual elements of good and evil that are constantly struggling for supremacy inside every human being." Composer Wildhorn is known for The Civil War and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Songs from the show include "In His Eyes," "Dangerous Game" and "This Is the Moment." Rabid fans of the pulpy, bloody show came to be known as Jekkies.

For ticket information, call (207) 725-8769 or visit www.msmt.org.